Job Code:

Location: lynn

Department: Hospice

All Care Division:

Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8:30 - 4:30

Shift:

Position Summary:

To provide medical social work services to patients and their families who may be

emotionally, socially and/or financially impacted by illness.  To serve as a support and resource to

the entire health care team, thereby increasing their effectiveness through increased understanding

of social and emotional factors related to client care.

 

AGENCY EXPECTATION OF EMPLOYEE

All Care is committed to Service Excellence, outstanding communication and exceeding the expectations of those we serve, including our patients, our referral sources, those who support our agency and each other.  The agency recognizes employees who deliver on this commitment through a formal recognition program.  At minimum, All Care expects each employee to maintain a positive, respectful attitude, to demonstrate flexible and efficient time management, to meet departmental productivity standards, while keeping current the necessary skills to work in the home care environment.  Each employee is expected to maintain open, honest and appropriate confidential communications with all customer groups in order to foster an effective service environment.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Involves individual/family in identifying needs, prioritizing and organizing problems, and developing plan care.
  • Develops psychosocial and caregiver risk assessment with problem focus, and from this develops plan of care with long-range goals and short term, measurable outcomes.
  • Reassess needs and progress of clients and families at regular intervals and as dictated by Agency policy.
  • Completes required documentation as prescribed in Agency clinical policies.
  • Ability to assume case management responsibilities of patient care, including mediation and advocacy on behalf of client systems.
  • Provides counseling, as indicated, for long-range planning and decision-making.
  • Provides, as indicated, short-term therapy as related to illness and crisis intervention.
  • To work with Bereavement Care to plan and facilitate support groups.
  • Assumes responsibility for own professional development and knowledge of current practice theories.
  • Participates in agency committees, projects, and community education forums, as indicated.
  • Participates in Agency’s Quality Improvement efforts and Peer Review process.
  • Participates in activities of Hospice professional groups.
  • Attends hospice related events at the Agency.
  • Any other task assigned by supervisor.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience, Education and Licensure

Masters or Doctoral degree in Social Work from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.  One year of Medical social work experience in a health care setting required.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Understanding and use of self and ability to work in partnership with others.  Requires current Mass. Licensure in Social Work. Must be familiar with MS Word, Outlook and Excel. Unless otherwise agreed upon by employer, employee must have a valid drivers license. Furthermore, employee shall have use of a vehicle during working times and insurance as a driver of that automobile.

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or  employees of organization.

 

           

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY SPECIFICATIONS

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.